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Global Repertoires of Living Together

New Lecture Series Organized Within the Framework of the Berlin University Alliance Addresses Ideas and Practices of Living Together from Transregional Perspectives. Start: April 27, 2022

News from Apr 26, 2022

The interdisciplinary Alliance project “Beyond Social Cohesion – Global Repertoires of Living Together” (RePLITO) organizes an international lecture series on different ideas and practices of living together: “Global Repertoires of ‘Living Together’: critical and decolonial perspectives”. The thematic spectrum ranges from living together under conditions of social and cultural disadvantage to concepts of democracy beyond liberal regimes. The series starts on April 27 and runs on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. RePLITO is funded by the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) within the framework of the Grand Challenge Initiative on Social Cohesion.

In light of increasing global interdependencies, social inequalities, and acute crises, the lecture series looks at neglected or silenced knowledge pools and practices of living together. The term “living together” serves as an analytical point of departure: RePLITO explores how individual stakeholders or social movements in regions of the Global South and on the margins of Europe imagine communal living, how they practice it, and how they create interpersonal bonds.

“Our project team hopes to revive the memory of knowledge archives and repertoires of living together that have been marginalized by past colonial interventions or by contemporary imperialist structures. These include concepts such as diaspora, conviviality, ubuntu – a philosophy of human connectedness, or umma as an Islamic-based world community,” says Prof. Dr. Schirin Amir-Moazami, one of the project spokespersons and a professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin.

Based on the observation of a continuing colonial dominance, the discussions focus primarily on approaches to living together that critically distance themselves from entrenched interpretive categories and question their epistemic authority.

On the second event date on May 5, Dr. Salma Siddique from the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin will speak on the topic “Undead Together: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Indian Cinema”. The following week, Prof. Dr. Sabine Hark will address the topic “Unchosen. Notes on a Political Ethos of Cohabitation". Sabine Hark is a sociologist at the Center for Interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies (ZIFG) at Technische Universität Berlin and spokesperson of the BUA Steering Committee of the cross-cutting theme Diversity and Gender Equality.

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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Schirin Amir-Moazami, Email: schirin.amir-moazami@fu-berlin.de


The Berlin University Alliance

The Berlin University Alliance is a consortium consisting of three major Berlin universities – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin – and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, established to shape research and education in Berlin. The four partners joined forces to further develop Berlin as a research hub with international drawing power. Together the partners explore major societal challenges, increase public outreach, promote the training of junior researchers, address issues of quality and standards in research, and share resources in the areas of research infrastructure, teaching, diversity, equal opportunities, and internationalization. The Berlin University Alliance is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the state of Berlin under the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Länder.

Joint press release from Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin along with Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Press contact
Suhana Elisabeth Reddy, press spokesperson for the Berlin University Alliance
Email: medien@berlin-university-alliance.de 

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